Big new plans for Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway with £250,000 expansion announced at 70th birthday
23rd July 2018
Here’s to the next 70 years of Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway, which has revealed a big £250,000 expansion plan to mark its birthday.
Guests and train enthusiasts at the anniversary celebrations applauded the announcement to extend the railway to Thorpe Park by one kilometre and build a new station at the entrance to The Fitties.
Co-director John Kerr said he hoped to build a new play park with picnic benches at the main station on Kings Road.
“We want to extend the railway past Buck Beck, over the bridge and put a station at The Fitties,” said Mr Kerr.
He added: “We feel we would make a permanent transport link from the park into the heart of Cleethorpes and link up with The Road Train.
“People can put their bikes or prams on the train and use the line as a unique way of getting around.”
The director said: “We are also aiming to extend the season from the end of September and go further into October.”
He said he and his business partner Peter Bryant, will be seeking external funding as well as investing much of their own money.
He welcomed the Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Hazel Chase to the 70th anniversary celebrations and invited her to cut a cake made in the shape of one of the light railway’s locomotives.
Mr Kerr praised the investment by previous owners Chris and Debra Shaw which paved the way for the next 70 years of the railway.
It was started in 1948 as a tourist attraction and has entertained thousands of visitors every season.
The mayor said: “It has not always been an easy ride for the railway and it was once so close to being disposed of by the council.”
She praised the investment by the new directors in upgrading the Platform One Cafe and the Signal Box Inn pub.
“But they are not stopping there with their future plans which I have had the privilege of seeing and include extending the railway into Thorpe Park caravan site which is an amazing idea and an opportunity waiting to happen.
"Not only will this continue to benefit the regular tourists and our local communities but what an addition for the holidaymakers who will be residing at Thorpe Park.”
She added: “This attraction is so brilliant, so special and yes it is a coup for Cleethorpes to have such a unique attraction here and of course being the Number One attraction in the area.”
There are around 20 staff and 20 volunteers working at the tourist attraction currently. The celebrations continue tomorrow too so why not make time to visit and take a train ride in the sunshine.
News Courtesy: www.humberbusiness.com